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CBS
Dec 6, 2012 4:00am PST
. that's what they hear after the obama administration is ready to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't bid on higher taxes. on top earners. a just released poll shows nearly half of those ads say it's time to end tax cuts for the wealthy but keep it in place for americans earning $250,000 or less. 32% say the tax cuts should remain in place for everyone. during a broadcast interview yesterday timothy geithner was asked what if republican don't agree to raising taxes. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, we say there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those tax rates going up. remember, it's 2%. remember, all of those americans, too, get a tax cut into that framework on the first $250,000 of their income. >> that said the president and speaker john boehner discussed the budget by phone yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this game of fiscal chicken. susan, good morning to you. >> right. good morning, terrell. yeah, that phone call does raise the possibility that some serious talks coul
CBS
Dec 3, 2012 4:00am PST
boehner said he can't believe the latest white house proposal. the obama administration insists there's no deal without a tax increase. susan mcginnis is in washington with details this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. it may appear the two sides are nowhere but these talks are expected to pick up dramatically very soon. december is here and as they say here in washington the lawmakers can smell the jet fumes meaning the planes taking them home for their holiday recess. what we're hearing there should be a deal by christmas. the white house is already decorated for the holidays but the mood here in washington is anything but festive. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase leaving the average household with a nearly $3,500 hangover. timothy geithner was on the hill last week to present the president's plan to congress. >> i was flabbergasted. >> reporter: president obama wants $1.6 trillion in new taxes o
CBS
Dec 1, 2012 6:00pm PST
. >> if this missile test is successful, it can be the most proximate security threat for the obama administration as they begin their second term. >> reporter: cha says this is a problem president obama cannot afford to ignore. a test could send a missile over u.s. allies, including japan and those in southeast asia, creating a major security risk drawing them and the u.s. into a potential conflict. rebecca. >> anna werner, thank you. now to egypt. president mohamed morsi said tonight the country will vote december 15 on a new constitution. the draft document and the president's new powers brought egyptians back to the streets today. holly williams is in cairo tonight, and good evening to you, holly. >> reporter: good evening. well, tens of thousands of president morsi's supporters took to the streets today, but it follows days of protests by his opponents, who accuse mr. morsi of behaving like a dictator. last week, the president gave himself broad new powers that he says he needs until egypt has a new democratic constitution. the panel writing that constitution rushed to finish a
CBS
Dec 5, 2012 4:00am PST
republicans and white house hold their lines and no formal talks yesterday. president obama said he wasn't ruling out some reductions in entitlement programs such as medicare and social security, meanwhile house speaker john boehner has to win over hard liners in his own party. susan mcginnis is following it all. >> reporter: hi. good morning. there are some glimmers of common ground here among the two sides that could form the basis of a deal. the president is now talking about actually lowering the tax rate for the top 2% not now but later. and republicans are now taking some heat over their latest plan a lot of it from within their own party. >> five, four -- >> reporter: house speaker john boehner led the countdown to the lighting of the capitol hill christmas tree last night. >> one. >> reporter: but a different countdown weighs on the minds of these lawmakers, the countdown to the fiscal cliff. a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end the year. >> god bless us, everyone. >> reporter: speaker boehner offered the republican proposal this week and now
CBS
Dec 6, 2012 6:00pm PST
obama to plead for money to help his state rebuild from superstorm sandy. the storm destroyed 80% of seaside heights more than a month ago. the famous boardwalk was left in pieces. today governor chris christie asked the president and congress for more financial aid. christie says it's going to take $37 billion to recover and the president promises to help. >> he knows that our work is not done any more than the work in the states is done. >> president obama is expected to ask for $50 billion in storm relief for new jersey, new york and connecticut. >>> meantime, president obama made a special trip to virginia today to highlight his fix for the "fiscal cliff." the deadline for the president and congress to find a way to avoid tax increases and spending cuts is 25 days away. president obama made a special point to sit with a middle class family in virginia this afternoon. he was trying to offer an example of who would be hurt by the republican tax proposal. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives the
CBS
Nov 30, 2012 4:30am PST
didn't say what steps they may take. >>> president obama is heading to pennsylvania this morning hoping to generate support for its plan to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff." on capitol hill, treasury secretary timothy geithner pitched the president's plan to house and senate leaders yesterday including $1.6 trillion in new revenue and cuts to entitlement programs. the plan didn't bring republicans and democrats closer to agreement. >> the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> we're waiting for some specifics somewhere from our republican colleagues to show that they are serious on negotiations. >> if a compromise is not reached by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board budget cuts would take effect. >>> little is being said about the meeting between president obama and mitt romney. the two had lunch at the white house yesterday their first face-to-face encounter since their final presidential debate. the media were kept away from the private get-together. white house officials say the two discussed u.s. leadership in the world and promised to stay
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
. meanwhile president obama paid a visit to a northern virginia family who would suffer financially if a deal isn't reached. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the cost involved in very personal terms. >> still the white house says the across the board spending cuts and tax hikes will takes effect if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. meanwhile a new survey shows the president's approval rating is at the highest point since the raid that killed osama bin laden. in addition, 42% believe the nation is heading in the right direction. >>> 6:10, a tycoon wanted for murder, how john mcafee ended up in the hospital. >>> a van plows into a jewelry store, narrowly missing the customer, what the driver says caused her to lose control. >> last going on, i had a former student give birth in the car. >> how about that, a lesson they never expected how teachers stepped in to deliver a baby in a school parking lot. we got that story and much more when we come back. ,,,,,
CBS
Dec 3, 2012 4:30am PST
to congress. >> i was flabbergasted. you can't be serious! >> reporter: president obama wants $1.6 trillion on the rich, $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs and billions in more spending. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell laughed at geithner during their meeting last week. now geithner says if republicans don't like the plan, it's up to them to present their own ideas. >> what we can't do is try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us what works tore them. >> reporter: but secretary geithner made it clear there will be no deal that does not include a tax hike on the wealthiest americans. >> there's not going to be an agreement without rates going up. >> reporter: no formal negotiating sessions are on the schedule here and many believe it will take about a week for the real work toward a solution to get under way. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> nancy pelosi will try to get a vote but won't give get republican support. >>> in "your world this morning," fighting is intensifying in syria between government troops and rebel forces. the rebels are close to c
CBS
Dec 5, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> president obama draws a hard line on taxes. >> republican and the white house both have offers on the table on how to resolve the nation's fiscal cliff crisis. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here, sparring back and forth in public. it's a good time to get serious. >> let's just go over the [ bleep ] cliff. because you know why? at least for a few seconds, it will feel like we're flying. >>> this morning, police are questioning a man in that deadly subway push. they say he has implicated himself in the crime. >>> duchess of cambridge is continuing to feel better. >> australian radio station was able to pose as the queen, get information on the phone about kate's health. >> want to see how her -- >> she is sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. >> mohamed morsi under siege after 100,000 protests in the streets. >>> l.a.'s mayor has announced an end to an eight-day strike at the largest port complex. >>> best man's friend is learning a new trick. how to drive a car. get off the road. >> three, two, one. >> god bless us, every one. >>> nine weeks, officially
CBS
Dec 2, 2012 5:30pm PST
saying the obama administration will refuse any fiscal cliff deep that does not include a tax hike on the richest americans. geithner remains optimistic despite harsh words from republicans. >> reporter: with the clock ticking in washington and the fiscal cliff moving closer every day, tim geithner said they will only approve a plan with tax rates. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans, because they are unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, then that's the choice they're going to have to make. >> reporter: geithner presented his plan to republicans, calling for $1.6 trillion in revenue and cuts in stimulus spending. he suggested the bush era tax cuts must expire for the wealthiest americans. >> we put forward a very comprehensive, carefully designed mix of savings and tax reforms to help us put us back on a path to stabilizing our debt and living within our means. >> reporter: republicans did not welcome the proposal. >> i was disappointed by the president's proposal. i think it is a rerun of his budget proposal. the revenue proposals
CBS
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm PST
obama and house speaker john boehner spoke on the phone wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. the white house has made clear the country could go over the cliff if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the top 2% of american earners. >> to do that to 98% of the american people, because of an insistence that the wealthiest americans get a tax cut would be profoundly wrong. >> reporter: republican leaders say they will close loopholes and eliminate tax breaks but bush-era tax cuts must be extended to all americans. >> reporter: the standoff and debt concerns ryan. so much so, that he is the guy if the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the group the can kicks back is working to get young people involved in fixing the debt crisis. >> we are trying to connect with our generation in a different way using humor to hook them in and get them to learn about this issue and understand how it affects their lives. >> reporter: the grassroots campaign wants to sign up more than 2 million people to push pressure on both sides. danielle nottingham, cb
CBS
Dec 3, 2012 12:00pm PST
wealthiest. >> reporter: gop lawmakers don't want higher rates and say the obama administration's proposed cuts to entitlements don't go far enough. >> i think we're going over the cliff. it's pretty clear to me they have made a political calculation. this offer doesn't remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save medicare and medicaid and social security from bankruptcy. >> reporter: if a deal is not reached, taxes go up and spending will be clashed. defense contractors are sending the message to lawmakers those cuts would damage the military industry and weaken national security. the ceo of task, a company that develops aviation systems and software for intelligence agencies: >> over 50% of the defense budget is procuring services and services are underscored by jobs. so of course there will be job loss if you have cuts. >> reporter: the cliff hits at the end of the year. but congressional leaders say a compromise needs to be figured out in the next couple of weeks so lawmakers have enough time to debate and pass it. in washington, danielle nottingham, cbs 5. >>> so if
CBS
Nov 30, 2012 5:00am PST
meaningless saying it won't change anything on the ground. >>> president obama hopes to generate support for his plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" at a pennsylvania toy factory today. on capitol hill, treasury secretary timothy geithner pitched the president's plan to house and senate leaders yesterday. it includes $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue and $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs. but it doesn't look like geithner's visit did much to bring republicans and democrats any closer to agreement. >> the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> we are waiting for something specific from republicans to show they are serious on negotiations. >> if a compromise is not reached by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board budget cuts would take effect. >>> former president george h.w. bush is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this weekend. he has been fighting bronchitis since the day after thanksgiving. the 88-year-old is said to be doing well though. good news there. doctors say bush's age and other health conditions have com
CBS
Dec 5, 2012 6:00pm PST
obama says a budget deal could be reached in a week if republicans accept higher taxes for the wealthy he was 2% of americans. but that "fiscal cliff" deadline is less than four weeks away and still no deal between the president and republicans. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee on what this gridlock could cost californians. >> reporter: basically, it could cost us billions. the daily democrat estimates that if no deal is reached and we go over the "fiscal cliff," our state could lose out on $4.5 billion of federal money and lose 200,000 jobs. and this can hit the lower middle class with a one-two punch a combination of unemployment and fewer social safety nets. >> they want us to close on wednesday at noon. >> reporter: a social security employee for 30 years is joining fellow federal workers across the u.s. to spread the word the "fiscal cliff" is looming and at stake social security benefits for millions. >> they seem to go for the people who had the least political pull, in other words poor and disabled and people here in east oakland. >> reporter: like this social security recipi
CBS
Nov 29, 2012 7:00am PST
all that matters. >> president obama plans to play host to his old political rival, mitt romney. >> on "cbs this morning." for lesss part of president afford to picko cut spending, invite someone to lunch who can actually afford to pick up the tab. you are probably waking up, wondering if you are a power ball multimillionaire. there's good news and then there's bad news. >> that's right. good news, there were two winning tickets for that record $587 million jackpot. re those ticketse dream lives on only if you live in missouri or anotherwhere those tickets were sold. havet there's another drawing this saturday and we'll have re stillthe big jackpot in just a bit. t> budget problems are still unresolved this morning and the same is true in washington. 33at's where we begin this morning. >> fiscal cliff deadline, president obama sends his treasury secretary to capitol hill to negotiate with congre congressional leaders. major garret is at the white house. good morning. >> charlie and norah, even as negotiations intensify, campaigning continues at the white house. president obama i
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 4:00am PST
a phone conversation, president obama told president mohamed morsi that the violence there is unacceptable. at least six people have been killed as morsi supporters and opponents fought outside of the presidential palace. opponents marched on the palace last night calling on morsi to step down. but in a speech to the nation he refused to compromise. holly williams is in cairo. holly, good morning to you. what's the latest there? >> reporter: some people hope that after days of protest and bloodshed president morsi would make a major concession when he addressed the nation but he didn't do that. his opponents want to have him immediately give up all of the sweeping new powers that he gave himself two weeks ago and postpone a referendum on egypt's new constitution which is due to take place in over a week. critics say the constitution doesn't protect the rights of all egyptians. president morsi didn't do either of those thing. instead he offered to give up just one of his new powers, a vaguely worded right to take any necessary measures to protect the country. he would give up a
CBS
Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
president obama and congressional republicans signaled they are willing to compromise on changing tax rates and spending reductions but the negotiations are moving very, very slowly. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the president is sending his top two negotiators to talk with lawmakers today about possible spending cuts. he's also getting ready to take his fiscal cliff message on the road. he'll try to convince the american people the best way to avoid the fiscal cliff is to extend the bush era tax cuts for the middle class. >> it's too important for washington to screw this up. >> reporter: president obama is putting pressure on congressional republicans and he's enlisting middle class americans in getting the gop to take action on taxes. >> when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold congress listens. >> reporter: tomorrow he'll host a campaign style event where he calls on lawmakers to extend the tax rates on families making less than $250,000 a year. once that's done they can work on other
CBS
Dec 4, 2012 12:00pm PST
states can help. >> i'm danielle nottingham in washington. coming up, president obama consults a group of the nation's governors on the "fiscal cliff." >> and well wishes are pouring in for will and kate as brits make bets on whether it will be a boy, girl, twins or triplets. >>> hi, i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow live at the whole foods market in cupertino. if you have been looking for a way to help people for the holidays, we have a great idea for you plus we'll talk about that rain coming back all that in just a few minutes. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, typhoon in the philippines. 33 villagers wer >>> at least 74 people are dead or missing following a powerful typhoon in the philippines. >> 33 villagers all swept way after a massive wave hit their emergency shelter there. the storm brought in 160-mile- per-hour winds ashore toppling trees and causing widespread power outages. >>> syrian violence is deadly for schoolchildren. state media reports 29 students and a teacher were killed when a mortar slammed into their school outside damascus. the report blames terrorists a term the government us
CBS
Dec 3, 2012 5:30pm PST
the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama sent a sharp warning today to bashar al-assad the syrian dictator who is fighting a rebellion by his own people. assad has not used his chemical weapons, including nerve gas, but the possibility that he might threatens to pull the united states into that middle east conflict. here's how mr. obama put it. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> pelley: so why did the president say it today? david martin hat the pentagon has been talking to his sources. >> reporter: this is a commercial satellite photo of a syrian chemical weapons base. u.s. monitoring of roughly two dozen bases like this indicates the assad regime has begun preparing its chemical weapons for use. orders have been issued to bring together chemical ingredients which are normally stored sepa
CBS
Nov 29, 2012 6:00pm PST
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CBS
Nov 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
in prison on each manslaughter charge. >> pelley: also today, mark, the obama administration banned b.p. from getting any new contracts to drill on federal property. the administration said b.p. showed "a lack of business integrity." tomorrow, president obama will send his top negotiators to meet tith congressional leaders. they have only weeks now to head off a big tax increase for most americans. the income tax rates will jump automatically january 1. it will be such a shock to the system that it has been called the fiscal cliff. our coverage starts on the white house lawn tonight with major garrett. major. >> reporter: scott, the saesident said for the first time, there is a two-step process to averting the fiscal cliff. republicans must act now to prevent a tax increase for households earning less than $250,000. do that now, president obama said, and he and congress can work out the details of spending cuts later. ( applause ) before a crowd of supporters, the white house invited from the mid-atlantic region, president obama put congressional republicans on notice. >> it's too i
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 7:00am PST
men, president obama and house speaker eer jo boehner. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning in the west. the president has stepped up his rhetoric, warning failure to fix the fiscal crisis could sour the christmas season. as another day passed without any real progress, president obama ventured out to push his claim that the middle class will suffer. ♪ you better watch out you better not cry ♪ >> at the national christmas tree lighting, president obama joined the holiday mood. but earlier, visiting a middle class virginia family, he threatened that congress could ruin the christmas season. if it doesn't act, the administration says, middle class tax bills will increase by $2,000. >> we're in the midst of the christmas season. i think the american people are counting on this getting solved. the closer it gets to the brink, the more stress there is going to be. >> reporter: what may raise the stress level even further is the promise that both the president and treasury secretary geithner has made. that is, if tax rates d
CBS
Dec 4, 2012 6:00am PST
preliminary approval to the ban. they plan to do so today. >> reporter: president obama is keeping a close eye on a week lon strike at two southern california ports. 800 members at the port of los angeles and long beach have been working without a contract for two years. the clerks don't handle cargo but dock workers are refusing to cross picket lines forcing a shutdown of those terminals. the strike is costing the u.s. up to $1 billion a day and it could delay shipments of holiday gift merchandise. >>> president obama will host a group of governors today to talk about the upcoming "fiscal cliff." this is after they rejected a count proposal from congressional republicans. that plan promises to trim $2.2 trillion over 10 years and includes $900 billion in entitlement cuts, two-thirds of that from healthcare. it also offers $800 billion in new tax revenues but only if the money comes from tax reform and not from raising rates on the wealthy. and that's where the stalemate is stuck. >>> rates have to rise and republicans need to acknowledge that. that's the only way to get from here to
CBS
Dec 3, 2012 6:00pm PST
washington. with less than a month until the deadline, why president obama is spending time on twitter. >> the new evidence linking brain damage to repeated concussions. why a bay area doctor says it's still too early to ban tackle football for kids. >>> i'm delighted for them. i'm sure they will make absolutely brilliant parents. >> the royal couple is expecting. why kate though is in the hospital and will be for several days. ,,,,,, it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. so it's not about keeping my dentures in, it's about keeping the food particles out. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. story out of san francisco. rescue crews have pulled a person in a whe
CBS
Nov 30, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> lindsay lohan went to jail just to stay dry. >> whipped out his membership card. >> beau obama, inspecting the white house christmas decorations. >>> are you kidding me? >> never has drew brees thrown foiv interceptions and atlanta will survive. >>> an act of kindness by a new york cop going viral. tourist taking this photo of police officer larry deprimo giving boots to a homeless man. >> absolutely humbling experience. >> the police officer said it felt like the right thing to do and nicholas cage said thanks felt like the right thing to do and nicholas cage said thanks for the shoes. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." democrats are calling president obama's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff an opening bid. some republicans have different words for it, joke. >> major garret is at the white house and reports on the president's plan and the strong reaction it got from republicans on capitol hill. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah t. the white house brought real numbers and republicans called them an insult, concocted in neve
CBS
Nov 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
and avoid those tax increases? we're getting our first look tonight at president obama's proposal and the republican reaction. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major. >> reporter: scott, the first hard numbers from the white house to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis landed with a thud on capitol hill. congressional republicans called it an insulting joke. here's the big picture-- $4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next 10 years. it includes $1.6 trillion in higher taxes on households make manage more than $250,000. there's also $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs, like medicaid and medicare, as well as others. there is also fresh new aending. $50 billion next year in stimulus spending, all for infrastructure. the white house calls this an opening bid. house republicans call it a rehash of old ideas and also object to the idea of a white house asking a permanent legislative remedy to raising the debt ceiling, all of it, the republicans say rather, is unacceptable. now much of this was conveyed in a 28-minute phone conversation yesterday between preside
CBS
Nov 30, 2012 5:30pm PST
president obama t help end the strike. a 2002 labor dispute here ended only when president bush ordered the docks reopened after ten days, and that one, scott, cost the economy $15 billion. >> pelley: john, thank you. there is nothing stopping a pacific storm that is headed to the coast. this is a computer forecast that projects the density of moisture reaching from hawaii toward northern california. more than a foot of rain is predicted and mudslides are a danger. carter evans is in sacramento tonight. carter? >> reporter: scott, the sun broke through a few hours ago, but there still is a danger of flooding and mudslides through the weekend. more than half a foot of rain fell on northern california today. 40 mile per hour gusts have already knocked out power and toppled trees in san francisco. >> thankfully this didn't hurt anybody but it could be a lot worse. >> staying dry. >> thanks to you. >> where are you staying tonight? >> tonight, down the street. >> reporter: sister libby fernandez expects to help about a thousand people at this homeless center in sacramento with dry clothes and p
CBS
Nov 30, 2012 4:00am PST
calling an irritant. president obama leaves the white house this morning to head to a toy factory in pennsylvania. he'll tell americans the fiscal cliff will cause holiday shopping to plummet. >> let's give a christmas present to the american people. >> reporter: but the mood here on capitol hill is anything but festive. both sides say the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at year end are unacceptable, they just don't believe each other. >> members of his own party seem quite comfortable of sending the economy over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: the president sent timothy geithner to the hill with had $4 trillion plan. it includes 1.6 trillion in new taxes on upper income americans. 400 billion in cuts to medicare and other entitlement programs. and $50 billion in new spending on infrastructure and unemployment benefits. the biggest stumbling block remain. the new taxes on the wealthiest americans. while some republicans here in congress are hinting they might be open to the idea the majority seemed opposed. >> raising rates on the so-called rich is the holy grail of liberal
CBS
Nov 29, 2012 5:00pm PST
still talking. >>> reporter: president obama dispatched his chief negotiator tim geithner to capitol hill to work on a "fiscal cliff" deal. house speaker john boehner came out of his meeting with the treasury secretary demanding the white house get serious about spending cuts. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the last two weeks. >> reporter: if a compromise isn't reached soon, automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick in january 1. geithner moved from one end of the capitol to the other encouraging lawmakers to sign off on an extension of middle class tax cuts now. democrats say their position is clear and they want a serious offer from republicans. >> the american people want us to avoid the "fiscal cliff" with a balanced approach. >> reporter: geithner is here in the halls of congress trying to clear some big hurdles with republicans. once a deal is closer president obama will take over the talks. so far independent senator joe lieberman is not encouraged. >> if we go over the cliff it's going to send the cou
CBS
Nov 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
president is holding their feet to the fire. >>> reporter: president obama is enlisting middle class americans to pressure congress to back away from the "fiscal cliff." >> when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold congress listens. >> reporter: he will take his case on the road friday and is asking the public to join a twitter campaign calling on lawmakers to renew tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year without delay. >> campaign for his position i did it we understand it but at the end of the day he has to lead on this issue. >> reporter: while congressional leaders meet behind closed doors, some of the biggest names in corporate america are here on capitol hill meeting with lawmakers pushing for solutions. former tennessee governor told lawmakers everything needs to be on the table. >> i do think there's a broad recognition that it has to be both revenues and serious work on entitlements to make it happen. >> reporter: taxes are still the main sticking point. while president obama wants tax cuts to expire for the most wealthy americans, most ameri
CBS
Nov 29, 2012 1:35am PST
federal report released today. senator feinstein concludes that president obama's controversial plan to move detainees to the u.s. could work. she says 373 people, charged or convicted of terrorism, are already held in u.s. facilities without security problems. and the report says the defense department has room for more. >> guantanamo is a real stain on our country's image abroad. >> reporter: university of san francisco law professor peter is shooting a film project on the detention center. he's been to guantanamo and interviewed dozens of former inmates. he said moving the detainees stateside would make a difference. >> it could make the difference and maybe finally they will get a trial. >> i think americans would be on edge. >> reporter: but some people say the prospect of bringing terrorists to the u.s. pours salt into deep wounds of 9/11. >> the aftermath feels fresh, even though it's been years, and to have them, in essence, living on the same soil, it's just uncomfortable. >> reporter: the report says guantanamo bay detainees could be held in six facilities that are onl
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Dec 4, 2012 4:30am PST
today to tell president obama their thoughts on the "fiscal cliff." the bipartisan group says both sides need to work together to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> no one is going to get what they want. but we have to compromise. if everything is going to be on the table, how do we negotiate? >> reporter: republicans have given a counterproposal to the president's plan which he issued last week. they say their plan would cut $2 .2 trillion from the federal deficit over 10 years. but $600 billion in healthcare cuts, $300 billion in cuts to mandatory spending, and another $300 billion in cuts to other federal spending. the biggest difference between the republican plan and the president's remains taxes and how the government can generate more revenue to pay down the debt. >> rates have to rise on the top 2%. there's no other way to do it. >> reporter: president obama says his plan will raise taxes on the rich bringing in 1.6 trillion. republicans want to close tax loopholes and eliminate deductions to raise $800 billion in new revenue
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Nov 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
lawmakers to pass a tax cut extension for the middle cl. house speaker jo >>> president obama went to a toy making factory in a philadelphia suburb to sell his pitch and urged lawmakers to pass a tax cut extension for the middle class. house speaker john boehner says the president's proposal would be a blow to the economy. if a compromise isn't reached soon automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick in january 1. >>> and as budget talks continue little changed on wall street today. the dow closed with a 4 point game. the nasdaq lost 2. s&p 500 edged up less than a point. >>> anthem blue cross was first. now several other health insurers jumping on board with their own proposed double-digit rate hikes. cbs 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts says, critics say that the move is a preemptive strike to raise the rates before healthcare reform kicks in. >> a 25% increase. i felt like i had been kicked in the stomach. >> reporter: a healthcare provider herself, pediatrician jan feels helpless. her individual blue cross health insurance premium is going up nearly $300 a month. >> they
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Dec 4, 2012 5:00pm PST
always on cbssf.com. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> pelley: mr. obama explains his top condition for a deal to the way to recovery.
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Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm PST
spending cuts on the middle class. from a home in virginia president obama sat with a middle class family he says will be hit hard if congress doesn't extend middle class tax cuts. >> for them to be burden unthis isly because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> republicans are standing behind their counter-offer to close tax loopholes and limit some deductions. they say the president needs to deliver a new plan they can agree on before the january 1 deadline. >>> stocks inched up as investors kept and eye on washington. the dow was up around 40, nasdaq up 16, s&p saw a 5 point increase. >>> the dungeness crab season has hit a snag. local crabbers are refusing to fish for the northern california delicacy after a new price fight with the wholesalers. the cbs 5 reporter anne makovec shows us the solidarity on the docks is being tested. >> strike last year this boat. >> right. >> well, you got go fishing. nobody is making money. >> you got go fishing. >> reporter: tensions are high on
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Dec 3, 2012 7:00am PST
things that will change in the new year is obama care or the affordable care act. how do you implement that at cheesecake factory and how will you pay for health care for all of your employees? >> that's a big question. we are working on that right now. we have been waiting to see what people will do, what's really happening and what the different requirements will be. however, we do cover everyone that works over 25 hours today. unlike a lot of businesses, we are already pay ag great deal in health care. we're not sure how much more it will be or how much less or what exactly. for us it won't be as bad for others, which it will be very costly. >> when you say very costly, it will be passed on to who, the customers? >> i believe most people will have to do that. >> how much do you think you will have to raise prices in order to pay for health care? >> as i say, we don't know what it is right now. we are hoping we won't have to raise prices. i'd love to answer that for you. maybe in a year i can. >> "the new yorker" magazine wrote an article saying you had a lot of things that
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Dec 4, 2012 4:00am PST
. governors from six states are headed here to washington today to tell president obama their thoughts on the fiscal cliff. the bipartisan group says both sides need to work together to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> no one's going to get what they want, but as a country to move forward, we've got to figure out who gives where, and if everything is going to be out on the table, how do we negotiate that? >> reporter: republicans have given a counterproposal to the president's plan which he issued last week. they say their plan would cut $2.2 trillion from the federal deficit over ten years. with $600 billion in health care cuts, $300 billion in cuts to mandatory spending and another $300 billion in cuts to other federal spending. the biggest difference between the republican plan and the president's remains taxes and how the government can generate more revenue to pay down the debt. >> rates have to rise on the top 2%. there's no other way to do it. >> reporter: president obama says his plan will raise taxes on the rich, brin
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Dec 7, 2012 4:30am PST
including military intervention. as for the crisis in cairo, the white house says president obama has called egyptian president mohammed morsi to express concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents who have been protesting for a couple of weeks now. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. this is a live picture outside in cairo. you can see that the tents are still up there and a lot of people congregating o on the street. >>> 4:47. the bizarre saga of john mcafee has ended. he was briefly treated for chest pains before being are brought to the cell. he is suffering from stress and hyper tension. mac afee slipped into a guatemala from neighboring belize and asked for asylum. authorityauthorities in belize want to question him about his neighbor's murder. >>> they are looking for a plan to a void the fiscal cliff. congressmen were on capitol hill talking about a negative impact in the spending cuts kick in january 1st. president obama failed a visit to a n
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Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm PST
first family lit the national christmas tree, president obama said the mandatory spending cuts and tax hikes that could kick in 25 days from now are threatening to ruin the holidays for millions of americans. >> the american people are counting on this getting solved. >> reporter: the two parties are leaving negotiations to the two main power brokers, president obama and house speaker john boehner. >> if the president doesn't agree with our proposal, he has an obligation to families and small businesses to offer a plan of his own. a plan that can pass both chambers of the congress. >> reporter: with the clock ticking toward the fiscal cliff deadline, government workers have joined the push but they want to make sure they're not cut out of the deal. >> federal employees that i represent have offered up $103 billion to the federal deficit. >> reporter: jd cox of the american federation of government employees say they can't afford anymore cuts and going over the fiscal cliff will impact millions of americans. >> there would be a lot of federal employees who would be furloughed or riffed
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Dec 4, 2012 5:00am PST
called for a parcel tax to help fund fire services. >>> president obama is closely monitoring a week-long strike at two southern california ports. 800 members of the clerical union who work at the ports of los angeles and long beach had been working without a contract for more than two years. the clerks don't handle cargo but dock workers are refusing to cross picket lines forcing a shutdown of most terminals. experts estimate the strike is costing the u.s. up to $1 billion a day. and it could delay shipments of holiday gift merchandise. >>> there's a tentative contract agreement between port of oakland and union workers. two weeks ago, more than 500 members of seiu local 1021 went on strike. they had been at the bargaining table for 16 months. details of the agreement will be released when the contract is voted on tomorrow. >>> president obama will host a group of governors today to talk about the "fiscal cliff" after he rejected a counterproposal from congressional republicans. that plan promised to trim $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years and cuts from entitlements and billions i
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Nov 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
least two dozen workers were hurt. >>> president obama and mitt romney plan to break bread tomorrow. they are going to meet for lunch. it will be their first get- together since their last debate. mr. obama said that there are aspects of governor romney's record that he believes to be helpful. >> the president noted that governor romney did a terrific job running the olympics and that skill set lend itself to ideas that can make the federal government work better which is a passion of the president's. >> it will be a private lunch tomorrow with just the two men in the room. >>> the country is about a month away from tumble over the "fiscal cliff" but in washington signs of movement among lawmakers. cbs reporter danielle nottingham on how the president is holding their feet to the fire. >> reporter: president obama is enlisting middle class americans to pressure congress to back away from the "fiscal cliff." >> when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold congress listens. >> reporter: he will take his case on the road friday and is asking the public to join a twitter
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Dec 5, 2012 5:00am PST
boehnered off a republican proposal this week but president obama and other democrats have dismissed it because it includes no tax increase for the wealthiest of americans. >> 60% of americans pay slightly more. >> there's only one person out of 307 million americans who can sign something in law, the president. >> boehner is set to meet with small business owners while the president speaks at a conference of corporate ceos. >>> bob dole made an appearance on capitol hill yesterday in a wheelchair frail but still flexing his political might. he could not convince enough republicans to support a disabled rights treaty. the united nations treaty would ban discrimination against people with disabilities. it fell five votes short of getting the needed two-thirds approval in the senate. >>> the world's oldest woman has died at the age of 116. beth cooper is only one of eight people recognized by the begin he was book of world records to have lived that long. she died peacefully yesterday in an assisted living home near atlanta. the title of world's oldest person now belongs to 115-year- old
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Dec 5, 2012 6:00am PST
to "cbs this morning." president obama comes out swinging over the fiscal cliff fight saying republicans are out of balance. >>> this year's flu virus is causing major problems.
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Nov 29, 2012 6:00am PST
in january. >>> president obama will have lunch with mitt romney today the first time they meet face to face since their debate before the election. the event at the white house will be private. no aides will be present. no media will be allowed. >>> powerball ticketholders are checking their numbers twice today. >> yeah. good luck. the record-breaking jackpot $588 million. the numbers drawn last night just in case 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and the powerball number was 6. two winning tickets sold in arizona and missouri. californians may be able to cash in though on powerball prices next year. it's not in our state but lottery officials are meeting this morning up in sacramento trying to hammer out details that would allow the golden state to join the 42 other states in the powerball drawing. california state officials say by adding powerball sales would add an additional 90 to $120 million in revenue. it cost $2 to play the game and the jackpot goes up as you can see -- >> you have friends where? >> back in new england and new hampshire i had a buddy buy 10 for me $20, i won $3. i'm a winne
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Dec 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
evening. president obama dug in his heels today insisting on tax revenues for higher income earners but at a hint of compromise he said he would consider lowering tax breaks again next year. mr. obama wants to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year and on couples making more than $250. he said this today. the way to recovery. bill whitaker reports from california. schools close as the flu bug spreads. elaine quijano reports on where the virus is woshs and how efgtd the vaccine can be. and what city in america. >> raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with >> the issues is that we are going to have to raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with very you have to cuts that we've already made and we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> pelley: that, the republican house speaker said in response, will never work. the republican counter offer cuts spending and raises taxes for no one and nancy cordes has the state of play as of tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, a dispute erupte
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Dec 6, 2012 5:30pm PST
half. oesident obama said the use of these weapons of mass bestruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any emgns syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very thecerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on hemascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. ing eporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has picked up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form the deadly nerve agent sarin, into bombs that could be dropped airplanes. satellites have seen trucks moving among want bunkers where the weapons and agents are believed to be stored. u.s. officials say the evidence is strong but circumstantial, not definitive. but that, combined with fighting
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Nov 30, 2012 6:00am PST
california voters. >>> president obama hopes to generate support for his plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" during an appearance today at a pennsylvania toy factory. on capitol hill, treasury secretary timothy geithner pitched the president's plan to congress yesterday. it includes 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue and $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs but it doesn't look like geithner's visit did much good. >> the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> we are waiting for some specifics, somewhere, from our republican colleagues to show that they are serious on negotiations. >> if a compromise is not reached by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board budget cuts would take effect. >>> 6:09 on your friday now. the car of the year is going up in price. plus, could this be the mystery multimillionaire? take a look. new video of the possible winner of the record powerball jackpot. >> and a messy morning out there. we're on the stormwatch as we go to break with a look at our hi-def doppler all covered in green and yellow. an update on the sto
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Nov 29, 2012 5:00am PST
this season is joy to all. first lady michelle obama invited military families today for a tour of those decorations. >> with that the rockefeller center christmas tree in new york city is all lit up. the 80-foot norway spruce came from new jersey and it was decorated with more than 30,000 multicolored lights. it's such a beautiful sight. >> have you been there before? yeah. >>> i have never seen the tree. >> gorgeous. >>> this would have been nice. a powerball dream come true. two tickets were picked all the right numbers in the biggest jackpot ever. ticketholders will split $588 million. 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and a power number of 6 were the numbers. one winner is in arizona, one in missouri. the odds of winning last night's jackpot one in 175 million. you're more likely to be elected president or hitting two consecutive holes in one. probably both at the same time. [ laughter ] >> no kidding. >>> the jackpot triggered a ticket buying spree but not here in california. the lottery commission is meeting trying to hammer that would allow the golden state join the big party. the 42 state
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Dec 7, 2012 5:00am PST
cairo, president obama has made a phone call to egyptian president mohammed morsi. he expressed concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters outside morsi's palace. demonstrators are upset about the new unrestricted powers morsi gave himself. >>> looks like authorities in belize will have to wait to question john mcafee. he's back in a georgia georgia tamilian jail. he asked for asylum there. he's wanted for questioning about murder in belize. >>> to reach an agreement on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. financial experts were on capitol hill yesterday to talk about the negative impacts if the automatic tax increases and spending cuts happen on january 1st. president obama visited a northern virginia family who would suffer finally if a -- financially if a deal isn't reached. the president's approval rating is at its highest point since the raid that killdee killed osama bin laden. 42% believe the nation is heading in the right direction. >>> the san diego zoo two new additions. they're 14 week old clouded leopard cubs and their adorable. they are brothers and playful. they like
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